Lily Mills, daughter of Llandudno, ‘Lock Life’ artwork won nationwide competition


A young aspiring artist from Llandudno has been crowned the winner of an art competition recounting the experiences of children and young people during confinement.

The Art Heroes online competition was started by a committee of innovative Save the Children supporters to benefit the association’s global Covid-19 appeal at a time when associations had to cancel several fundraising events.

The competition, awarded by Anglesey-based artist Andrew Southall, awarded the winners in each category £ 100 in cash prizes.

One of the winners, eight-year-old Lily Mills, who is a student at Ysgol Gynradd Glanwydden near Llandudno, chose to paint a three-dimensional image of the contents under her kitchen sink (pictured below).

“When I found out that I had won, I was very excited and very proud,” she explains. “I chose to paint the cleaning supplies under the kitchen sink because I thought they looked interesting, but also because they helped keep our home clean and free from coronavirus during locking.

“Doing crafts while in confinement was a challenge as I didn’t have a lot of art supplies, but luckily my school had taught me how to mix primary colors to create colors I didn’t have.”

Six months after the national lockdown was announced, Lily, like many other children, has mixed emotions when she looks back on her experiences.

She said: “What made me sad about the lockdown was not seeing my friends from school, but I was lucky enough to be able to talk to them on video calls and I was able to share art and craft ideas with them. What made me happy during confinement was spending more time with my mom and dad, and my two cats Daisy and Bebe!

The artwork will also contribute to a national social history project at the National Museum in Cardiff as a recording of Welsh children’s response to the Covid-19 crisis for generations to come.

The aim of the competition was to raise awareness and raise funds for Save the Children’s response to the Covid-19 pandemic crisis. Here in Wales, the charity responded by providing low-income families with emergency response grants for essential household items such as beds, tables and educational toys to alleviate the financial pressure during this difficult time. The association has also developed resource packs filled with information and fun activities to help parents continue their child’s early learning.

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